Salem High School (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

Salem High School (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

:"See Salem High School for other high schools with this name."Infobox School
name = Salem High School

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motto_translation = Pride and Excellence
streetaddress = 1993 SunDevil Drive
city = Virginia Beach
state = Virginia
zipcode = 23464
country = USA
url = [ Official site]
district = Virginia Beach City Public Schools
superintendent = Dr. James G. Merrill
principal = Dr. Don Robertson
viceprincipal = Ms. Patti Jenkins
Dr.Kurt Kreassig
Mr. Tony Anderson
Ms. Ann Shows
viceprincipal_label = Assistant Principal
staff = 143
fundingtype = Public
schooltype = high school
grades = 9-12
language = English
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mascot = SunDevils
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founded = 1989
enrollment = 1,931
enrollment_as_of = 2007-08
rival = First Colonial High School
Kellam High School
Landstown High School
conference = Virginia High School League
Beach District Eastern Region
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Salem High School is a secondary school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The school recently added a Visual and Performing Arts Academy; one of several magnet programs in Virginia Beach. Students throughout the city interested in these arts can apply. The class of 2008 is the first graduating class to include students from the academy.

History of the School

Salem High School, on Sundevil Dr at Lynnhaven Pkwy, is built on a 50 acre site acquired by the School Board in 1985. Construction of the convert|258862|sqft|m2|sing=on building began in July, 1987. The school which contains 85 classrooms, an auditorium, a large lecture hall, a large gym, and two auxiliary gyms, opened on September 5, 1989, to a capacity enrollment of just over 2,000 students. A student committee selected the name, SunDevils, to represent Salem High School in the in the spring of 1989. The school colors are scarlet, black, silver, and white. A life-sized school mascot was unveiled during the 1991-1992 school year. The "Sunny" fan is depicted on school sweatshirts and athletic programs. The Visual and Performing Arts Academy became an integral part of Salem High School in 2004.

Chorus Department

The Salem High School Chorus department is recognized as being among the finest in the city of Virginia Beach, and the choirs have received national recognition for their outstanding performances. Choirs from Salem have performed in the White House and National Cathedral (Washington, DC), Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL), Cardiff Cathedral (Cardiff, Wales, UK), and Westminster Abbey (London, England, UK). In addition, they have performed multiple times at the Virginia Music Educators Association annual in-service conference and the Southern Division convention of the Music Educators National Conference, and have been the featured ensemble at the Sweet Adelines International Mid-Winter convention. They have sung in a private performance for actor/singer Jimmy Dean and commissioned works from renowned composer Daniel E. Gawthrop. They have performed in concert with the Old Dominion University Concert Choir, the Christopher Newport University Choir, the Greensboro College Concert Choir, and the Virginia Commonwealth University "Commonwealth Singers." In recent years, they have been honored to work with such outstanding choral musicians as: Weston Noble, Eph Ely, Rodney Eichenberger, Jing Ling-Tam, Kevin Fenton, William Powell, Deen Entsminger, Rebecca Reames, and the world-famous ensemble, "Chanticleer."

The choirs have earned "Grand Champion, Outstanding Ensemble, Best in Class", and "First Place" trophies as well as "Superior" ratings in competitive choral festivals in Orlando FL, Las Vegas NV, Atlanta GA, New York NY, Nashville TN, Gatlinburg TN, Richmond VA, Williamsburg VA, and Virginia Beach, VA, and have earned "Superior" ratings at every VMEA District 2 choral festival since the festival's inception (singing Grade VI music, the most challenging level recognized).

They have performed major works including Handel's "Messiah," Rutter's "Requiem," Bach's "Jesu, Meine Freude," Schubert's "Mass in G," and "Mass in F," Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," and Vivaldi's "Gloria."

Vocalists from Salem High School have been selected for the All-Virginia Choir every year since the school opened in 1989, and for the elite VMEA Senior Honors Chorus every year since 1990.

Salem High School Choral Directors are Dr. Don Krudop, Dr. Hugh Middleton, and Mr. Ned Davis.

Academic Departments

Computer Resource
Fine Arts
Foreign Language
Gifted Program
Library/Media Center
Social Studies
Special Education
Technology Education
Work & Family Studies/ Technology

Advanced Placement Courses

English and Composition
Literature and Composition
U.S. History
Human Geography
European History
Studio Art

Clubs and Organizations

Art Club
Bowling Club
French Club
Freshman Class
Forensic Team
German Club
German Honor Society
International Affairs Society
Japanese Club
Junior Class
Key Club
Latin Honor Society
Literary Magazine
Medical Society
Partners in Education
Physics Club
Salem Scholars
Step Team
Scholastic Bowl
Senior Class
Snowboarding Club
Sophomore Class
Spanish Club
Spanish Honor Society
Student Athletics Trainers
Tri-M National Music Honor Society


State Championships
Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Girls Gymnastics

Girls Volleyball

ee also

*AAA Eastern Region
*AAA Beach District

Alma Mater

The Silver, Black, and Scarlet
Words & Music by Dr. Don Krudop

(Verse) There's a place that will live in my mem'ry,
When the days of my youth pass away.
In my heart hold it dear,
Though I roam far and near,
And there it shall always stay.

'Tis the place where I left my childhood,
And grew toward what my life would be,
In Virginia, the Old Dominion,
Salem High, I call to thee.

(Chorus) Lift your hearts and lift your spirits,
Lift your voices to the sky,
Raise the Silver, Black, and Scarlet,
Raise them up for Salem High.


* [,1172,6135,00.html Virginia Beach schools]
* [ Salem HS official site]

External links

* [ Virginia Beach City Public Schools]
* [ Virginia Beach school mascots and colors]
* [ Salem Chorus website]
* [ Salem Football @ VHSL-Reference]

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